After a year of basically nothing, the AAU basketball circuit has been back in full force this summer.
NCAA head coaches and media members returning to the gym for in-person evaluations was a critical step to adding some form of normality back to the spring/summer recruiting cycle.
John Calipari and his revamped coaching staff have been boots on the ground all over the United States scouting talent and looking for the next generation of Wildcats, particularly the Class of 2022.
Two 5-star players have emerged as serious targets for Kentucky — Cason Wallace and Adem Bona — are reportedly visiting Lexington in the coming weeks.
Kentucky Sports Radio’s Jack Pilgrim broke the news Wednesday.
Adem Bona tells KSR he has a visit to Kentucky scheduled in August.— Jack Pilgrim (@JackPilgrimKSR) July 28, 2021
Cason Wallace also visiting Lexington in the coming weeks. Going to be a busy month for the UK coaching staff.
Cason Wallace is widely considered to be one of the best overall guards in the Class of 2022.
After his recent dominant performance at the Nike Peach Jam, he’s positioned himself to soar up the player rankings heading into the fall.
Currently, 247 Sports ranks the Richardson (TX) native as the 18th-best player in the class, but expect that to change before it’s all said and done.
Wallace looked like a top-10 prospect while averaging over 15 points per game and shooting 37% from deep at the Peach Jam. By all indications, he’s simply a winner that does what his team needs him to do.
It took longer than many expected, but Wallace did in fact receive an offer from Kentucky last week. Tennessee had been seen as the favorite but John Calipari clearly feels confident with his chances to bring him to Lexington.
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Wallace is also considered to be one of the top defenders in the nation, and many believe that it’s his defensive instincts that’ll ultimately shape his identity as a player. Some regard him as the best two-way guard in the nation, which is the kind of guard Calipari loves having to run the show.
In addition to the Wallace news, Bona is scheduled to be on Kentucky’s campus sometime in August.
Also a 5-star recruit at 247 Sports while being ranked ninth overall, Bona is a raw prospect with tons of upside. His game is predicated on rim running and finishing with aggression at the rim. He can run the floor at an elite level and has a strong frame.
Bona may be overshadowed a bit considering his class has Jalen Duren (for now), Dereck Lively, Vince Iwuchukwu and Kyle Filipowski, just to name a few.
However, Bona has a ton of potential, and his visit in Lexington could prove to be big for Calipari and his coaching staff.
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